Houston Texans: Max Scharping drawing praise from Bill O’Brien
The Houston Texans are expecting big things from rookie offensive lineman Max Scharping.
Though the Houston Texans are away from their usual practice facility this week as they are having joint practices in Green Bay with the Packers, there is still a lot of work being done. Rookie Max Scharping is starting to be noticed for his work ethic, which is a good sign for the franchise.
Following Monday’s practice, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien held a press conference with the Houston media, and one of the topics of discussion was the progression of second-round selection (55th overall) Max Scharping.
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com, in a “notes and quotes” Day 9 training camp article, the Texans insider and lead writer quoted O’Brien with the following comment on Scharping:
"“He’s doing a really good job for us,” O’Brien said. “We think he’s got a real good future for us.”"
That isn’t a ton of praise, but with how the Texans have been this offseason, this is a good sign for Scharping, the offensive line and all Texans fans.
Scharping was drafted as the 23rd pick in the second round out of Northern Illinois, and in his NFL.com draft profile he received a prospect grade of 5.79, which meant he has a “chance to become an NFL starter.”
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com before the 2019 NFL Draft also spoke highly of Scharping in terms of what he can achieve in the NFL:
"“He might get a shot at left tackle, but might be best-suited on the right side where he has the potential to become an above-average starter.”"
It will be exciting to see Scharping in his NFL preseason debut when the Texans are in Green Bay for Week 1 of the preseason this Thursday. Scharping is listed as a right tackle, and most likely his biggest competition will be Seantrel Henderson, so that is a position battle where many will want to see what the final outcome will be.
The simple fact is this: the Texans need to have better overall production on the offensive line. If not now, eventually Scharping is sure to be a big part of that improvement, and even O’Brien is saying they believe the rookie tackle has a “big future” with the franchise just nine days into training camp.